Nursing History Collection
Baly M (1987) A history of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, London: Croom Helm.
Cohen S (2010) The district nurse, Oxford: Shire.
Jordan P (2012) District nurse: my life as a nurse in the 1950s, London: Orion.
Morrison C (2017) Hebridean heroines: twentieth century Queen's Nurses (1940s-1970s), Laxay, Isle of Lewis: Islands Book Trust.
Sweet H (2012) Community nursing and primary healthcare in twentieth-century Britain, London: Routledge.
Our Permanent Collection consists of nursing specific core items and rare items. It is viewable by appointment at the RCN Library and Heritage Centre. Here is a small selection of items from our collection.
Baly M, Robottom B and Clark J (1987) District nursing (2nd
edition), London: Heinemann.
Handbook for Queen's Nurses (1924), London: The Scientific Press.
Loane M (1905) Outlines of routine in district nursing, London: The Scientific Press.
Stocks M (1960) A hundred years of district nursing, London: Allen and Unwin.
The RCN Archive contains some of the most important collections dedicated to the history of the nursing profession in the UK. Visitors by appointment in Edinburgh.
The RCN Archives hold the organisational records of the Queen Victoria's Institute of District Nursing Scottish branch, which subsequently became the Queens Nursing Institute, Scotland (QNIS). These range from 1889-2015 and extend to almost 8m of records. (Collection reference: QNI).
Dr Rona Dougall, Perceptions of change: an oral history of District Nursing in Scotland, 1940-1999, (reference T/QNI).
Dr Catherine Morrison, for her PhD thesis of 2013, District Nursing on the Isle of Lewis covering the 1930s to 80s in 20 interviews (reference T/IOL).
Frances Trees project (reference T/EUR), The History of Nursing in an English Urban Region from 1919.
Dr Helen Sweet, 28 interviews with district nurses from England and Wales (references from T/219-378).
The oral archives of the RCN also contain many other district nurse interviews (reference T).
Our photographic collections include district nursing (reference P/26) and show nurses at work visiting all areas by different means of transport. The collection focuses mainly on the twentieth century up to the 1980s.